Review: Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna #1) by Kendare Blake

2 July, 2018 / 1 Comment

I’m glad I gave this author another shot (I DNFed Blake’s Antigoddess).  This book surprised me and I actually really enjoyed it.  I’m not much for horror and I don’t typically enjoy romances between human beings and supernatural beings.  But this book definitely kept my interest and I wanted to keep reading.

The characters were good.  I liked that the main character/narrator (Cas) was a male.  Most of the books I read have female main characters, so that was a nice change.  There was nothing I absolutely loved about the characters, but they all did their jobs and made for an enjoyable reading experience.

As I mentioned above, I didn’t care for the romance.  Something about a human falling in love with a creepy ghost just doesn’t do it for me.  I guess I just didn’t get it.  Plus, I don’t feel like they spent that much time together and then all of a sudden they were in love?  Not very believable to me, especially since his goal was to kill her.  I mean, you did see it coming far and wide, but that didn’t make it any more believable.

Overall, the story was good and I enjoyed reading it.  I would recommend it.  I don’t think I’ll read the second book, though, as I like the way this one ended and I just don’t feel it’s necessary to read the sequel.  I have a feeling it’s going to be more romance-heavy and I wasn’t a fan of the romance.  So, for me, the story ends here.

Best Aspect: Captivity
Worst Aspect: Romance

Looking for more opinions of this book?

5/5 rating from The Starry-Eyed Revue
4.5/5 rating from My Guilty Obsession
4/5 rating from Reading After Midnight
3.5/5 rating from Writing My Own Fairy Tale
2.5/5 rating from Mostly YA Lit

About the book

My Copy: Hardcover, 316 pages
Publication Date: October 17, 2011
Publisher: Tor Teen
Source: Purchased

Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.

So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. They follow legends and local lore, destroy the murderous dead, and keep pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

Searching for a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas expects the usual: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he’s never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, now stained red and dripping with blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.

Yet she spares Cas’s life.

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One Response to “Review: Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna #1) by Kendare Blake”

  1. Oh this one is on my TBR because I love Three Dark Crowns! I’m glad you found something you enjoyed by Blake! I didn’t really realise what this one was about, so I’m not sure I’ll actually read it now… Ha ha.

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